Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quick Tip Tuesday: Cutting Inside a Shadow

Hello Fellow Crafters and welcome to Quick Tip Tuesday!  Today's tip is something I do ALL the time in my effort to save paper (and our planet).  When designing my projects, I cut bits from inside the shadow layer.  Once the top layers are in place, it's impossible to tell that the shadow has bits cut out of it - although you will have to be careful if you are using a thin, light-coloured paper over a dark shadow.  For my project, I used a thick white cardstock over the black shadow and had no problems.
Paper on the mat, with images cut from within the shadow
Finished card - with no evidence showing that the shadow has cuts in it
If you have a Quick Tip to share, I'd love to hear from you.  Please email your suggestion to me at smallbitsofpaper(@)hotmail(.)com (remove brackets!) and perhaps it will be highlighted here - with credit to you, of course.

Happy Crafting!
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  1. I do this also...especially if using a big big shadown...hate to waste that unseen paper. Your card is cute. tfs.

  2. Kate, I crown you the Queen of Frugality! That's a great idea!

  3. Great tip! Thanks for sharing this idea!

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    That's a great idea!

    Hugs and Blessings!
    Jasmine Wilmany

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  5. What a great tip for conserving paper!!!

  6. Thanks for this fab tip! I too hate wasting paper, and I've finally got a gypsy coming--should be today or tomorrow! Can't wait to try this!

  7. Great idea! TFS I will be using this from now on!

  8. Love the idea of the machine cutting inside the shadow layer...hadn't thought of this!! TFS!

    ~Sharon C.

  9. That's a wonderful tip! A lot less paper used!

  10. I'm sure this is a great idea but I was completely confused. I tried to figure out what you were doing but I got lost. Thank you for trying. I guess I am a lost cause.

  11. Clever and easy to do with the gypsy.

  12. Great tip. I've never really thought of this. I am such a perfectionist I wouldn't want the back to be messed up!! It really does save waste though.

  13. YES! I've done this, too!! It's especially great when you are working from that last little bit of the perfect colored paper and it would just break your heart to NOT have THAT color on that one last piece!!! :)
    Happy crafting to all!!

  14. Hello,
    clever tip, thank you!
    Greets Sabina

  15. OMG that is a fantastic idea. I will be saving paper too from now on!

    Thanks and Happy crafting
    Sam xx


  16. That!! Is an awesome tip!!
    TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/


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